Toyota record profit, two new Volkswagen and other industry events – Autoreview

Toyota reported for the first half of fiscal year 2019, which, according to Japanese law, begins on April 1 and ends on September 30. Sales of cars of all brands (including Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino), compared with the same period last year, increased by 3%, to 5.45 million copies. Revenue increased by 4% (to $ 139 billion), and net profit was a record for the company 11.7 billion (an increase of 2.6%). At the same time, Toyota says that one of the reasons for the increase in profit was the reduction in costs.

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Start of mass production of supercars Chevrolet Corvette C8 postponed due to a strike at the General Motors assembly plants. The strike lasted almost a month and a half, from mid-September to the end of October. The production of the new generation Corvette was planned to begin at the end of this year, but now the start has been postponed to February 2020. Deliveries of goods vehicles to customers will begin closer to spring.

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Discontinued production of sports cars Alfa romeo 4c. The mid-engined model with a turbo four 1.8 and a “robot” lasted six years on the assembly line, but last year only 421 were sold on the European market, and in the USA there were 238 customers at all. There is no information about the new generation, and in addition, the company canceled the development of Alfa Romeo 8C and GTV sports cars, focusing on crossovers.

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A teaser of updated models has appeared Mitsubishi Mirage and Attrage. The inexpensive Mirage hatchback debuted in 2011 and has already experienced one restyling, and the Attrage sedan has been released without major changes since 2013. The current update promises to be large-scale and will bring machines a seriously changed appearance. The premiere will take place on November 18 in Thailand.

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Elon Musk announced the date of the presentation of the pickup Tesla. The car will be shown on November 21, and the event will be held near the SpaceX factory in Los Angeles, where spacecraft are assembled. The head of Tesla also hinted at the price of a pickup truck: it will cost less than 49 thousand dollars.

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Meanwhile, a test production of electric vehicles has begun at the Chinese factory Gigafactory 3 Tesla model 3. Local sedans differ from the American ones only in nameplates with hieroglyphs and black trim materials. But on the conveyor so far, only simple versions with rear-wheel drive; powerful and all-wheel drive options will be delivered to China from the USA. Prices for localized "troika" were announced back in May – from 328 thousand yuan ($ 47,500).

Volkswagen published teasers of two upcoming novelties at once. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Concept Electric Wagon To Be Presented Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion. It was announced that the five-door on the MEB modular platform will be able to drive up to 590 km on a single charge. The production version is expected in 2021, it will be sold in Europe, North America and China.

A minivan is coming soon in China. Volkswagen Viloran. The 5.3-meter full-sized single-chamber platform on the MQB platform will have sliding doors and a 2.0 TSI turbo engine. Production will be undertaken by a joint venture of SAIC Volkswagen, but the chances of a model appearing in other countries are slim.

Also today we talked about the Russian crossover certification. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, rear wheel drive supercar Audi R8 V10 RWD, powerful SUV Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge, crossover record race Audi RS Q8 at the Nurburgring and Russian market statistics for ten months.

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